A very early Dominique Anel syringue in solid silver, circa 1730

A very early Dominique Anel syringue in solid silver, circa 1730



Box : 12,5x5,5x3 cm ; syringue : 10 to 15 cm.



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Categories: Medicine, Surgical instruments, Therapeutic & Functional Aids, Other Medical Antiques


An excellent and complete example in case of the Dominique Anel-type syringue, which is considered like the first modern hypodermic syringue.


The present small and solid silver example was used in ophtalmology.


“The French surgeon Dominique Anel (1679-1730 or 1722), in the first half of the 18th century [more exactly in 1713], invented the first lachrymal probe and introduced a minute syringue to inject fluides into the lechrymal sac without use of knife or cautery” (Bennion, page 136).


The present example have preserved its four original “needles” also in solid silver and two with tine additionnal brass or copper tubes.


The set is preserved in a fine original leather case lined in blue silk and silvered braid.

This early syringue are rare especially in such fine condition.

Box : 12,5×5,5×3 cm ; syringue : 10 to 15 cm.

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FR Le Zograscope

Established by Alexandre Piffault in 2014 and based in Paris at 5 rue de Condé, 75006, very close to Odéon, Le Zograscope specializes in antique and rare books in Science, Medicine and Technology, and rare antique instruments in the same fields. We have especially a strong interest in early and continental microscopy, early and special mathematical/drawing instruments, medical and surgical instrument, and rare technology.

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